Julianne P. Blanch

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Julianne P.Blanch
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Litigation, Trials & Appeals Practice Area Chair

 

Ms. Blanch likes to be in the courtroom. She is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. She is a member of the Utah Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), an invitation-only organization where membership is considered only after having taken at least ten civil jury trials to verdict. She serves as Utah's Board Representative to ABOTA's national board. She is also a member of the International Society of Barristers, an elite trial lawyer group into which only nine other lawyers in the state of Utah have been elected. She has tried a broad range of cases over her nearly three decades in practice, involving everything from trusts and estates, product liability and bad faith insurance claims. Lately, her practice has focused on commercial litigation, fraud cases and catastrophic personal injury cases. She was the chair of the Utah Civil Jury Instructions Committee, which updated the civil jury instructions used in state and federal court trials. Ms. Blanch regularly presents at seminars for Utah lawyers on the basics of litigation, jury selection, and trial techniques. She has also taught Trial Advocacy as an adjunct professor at the University of Utah Law School.

Ms. Blanch has handled dozens of appeals on the state and federal levels, including over 40 published opinions, including appeals from bench trials and jury trials and appeals from administrative decisions. She has argued before the Utah Court of Appeals, the Utah Supreme Court, and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. She also served for several years on the Utah Supreme Court’s Advisory Committee on the Utah Rules of Appellate Procedure.

She has been one of a handful of Salt Lake City lawyers chosen by her peers for Super Lawyers Mountain States for the past several years in the area of product liability defense, and she is also regularly on that publication’s list of Top 50 Women Lawyers for the Mountain States.

Ms. Blanch enjoys running (having completed eight Boston Marathons), cooking, and reading military history and biographies.

 

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Accomplishments

Academic

Harvard University, J.D., 1993

Indiana University, B.A., 1990, magna cum laude     

Political Science and East Asian Culture (majors), Spanish and English (minors)

Adjunct Professor in Pre-Trial Litigation and in Trial Practice: From Fall 2008 - 2010 and 2016, University of Utah Law School


Professional

Named one of Utah Business Magazine’s 2020 “Women of the Year"

Recognized in Chambers USA for General Commercial Litigation, 2018 - 2020

America’s Top 100 Attorneys™, Lifetime Achievement Member

Super Lawyers Mountain States, Top 50 Women Lawyers, for several years

Super Lawyers Mountain States, Product Liability, for several years

Best Lawyers in America® 2013 - 2021, Insurance Law and Commercial Litigation

Named 2016 Best Lawyers in America® "Lawyer of the Year" in Salt Lake City for Insurance Law

2011 Volunteer of the Year Award, Utah March of Dimes Chapter

Utah Business Magazine 2009 - 2014, Utah Legal Elite, Civil Trial Practice

Utah Business Magazine 2008, Utah Legal Elite, Non-Profit Law

Utah Business Magazine, “Rising Star,” 2003: One of 40 Utahns under the age of 40 who have demonstrated outstanding achievement and leadership


Associations

Professional

Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers

Member of International Society of Barristers

Member and National Board Representative of ABOTA

Fellow and Utah Chapter President of ABF Fellows

Commissioner, Utah Pro Bono Commission

President, Salt Lake County Bar Association, 2006-2007

Past Chair of the Utah Civil Jury Instructions Committee and current member of the Product Liability Instructions Subcommittee

Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America

International Association of Defense Counsel


Community

March of Dimes, Past Board Member and Board Chair

Salt Lake Rotary Club, Past Member

Planned Parenthood Action Committee, Past Board Member

Ronald McDonald House Charities, Past President, Board of Directors

Ronald McDonald House Charities, Community Advisory Board

Guadalupe School, Board Member


Licensed/Admitted

Utah
Idaho
U.S. Supreme Court

Education

Harvard University Law School